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Gigabyte – GA-G41M-ES2H Micro ATX motherboard



Support for Intel’s Mid range processors, With the exception of the New i5 and i7 Processors.

  1. Support for an Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processor/ Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor/Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor/ Intel® Pentium®processor /Intel® Celeron®processor in the LGA 775 package
  2. L2 cache varies with CPU
Front Side Bus (FSB)

Standard FSB for support for all Core2Duo and Core 2 Quad processors.

  1. 1333/1066/800 MHz FSB

The Intel G41 Chipset with Intel X4500 Graphics offers users full DX10 OpenGL 2.0 and shader Model 4.0 and gives the motherboard its ability to work with high end media and output through HDMI.

  1. North Bridge: Intel® G41 Chipset
  2. South Bridge: Intel® ICH7

1600 is only reachable with overclocking DDR2 800 Ram

  1. 2 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory (Note 1)
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR2 1066(OC)/800/667 MHz memory modules
  1. Realtek ALC888B codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note 2)
  4. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  5. Support for CD In

GIGABIT Ethernet!!

  1. Realtek 8110SC chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots

The PCI-e slot is only running at 4x while not a huge problem I was very disappointed to learn that I will not be able to fully take advantage of the additional video card.

  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x 4
  2. 3 x PCI slots
Storage Interface South Bridge:

  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  2. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices

iTE IT8720 chip:

  1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
USB Support
  1. Integrated in the South Bridge
  2. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  4. 1 x IDE connector
  5. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  6. 1 x CPU fan header
  7. 1 x system fan header
  8. 1 x front panel header
  9. 1 x front panel audio header
  10. 1 x CD In connector
  11. 1 x S/PDIF In /Out header
  12. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  13. 1 x serial port header
  14. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper.
Back Panel Connectors.

HDMI out only works while using the Intel Graphics x4500. sadly you can’t have both on-board graphics and an additional PCI-e Card running at the same time.

  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  2. 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  3. 1 x D-Sub port
  4. 1 x DVI-D port (Note 3)
  5. 1 x HDMI port
  6. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  7. 1 x RJ-45 port
  8. 3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE IT8720 chip
Hardware monitoring
  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System temperature detection
  3. CPU/System fan speed detection
  4. CPU overheating warning
  5. CPU/System fan fail warning
  6. CPU fan speed control (Note 4)

DualBIOS for BIOS redundancy if one fails the back up secondary BIOS will take over and allow you to recover your machine without a total failure. Having dual BIOS’s also allows you to recover your primary BIOS chip.

  1. 2 x 8 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features.

Installed with the included CD.

  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Q-Flash
  3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
  4. Support for Download Center
  5. Support for Xpress Install
  6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  7. Support for EasyTune (Note 5)
  8. Support for Easy Energy Saver (Note 5)
  9. Support for Time Repair
  10. Support for Q-Share
Bundled software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating software (Software supported)

While not listed, there is limited support for Windows 7

  1. Support for Microsoft® Windows Vista/XP
Form Factor
  1. Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 20.8cm
Gigabytes Remarks

  1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors’ website or 3rd party website.
  2. Due to most hardware/software vendors no longer offer support for Win9X/ME. If some vendors still has Win9X/ME drivers available, we will publish on website
Notes (Note 1) Due to Windows Vista/XP 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
(Note 2) To configure 7.1-channel audio, you need connect with the port of HD Audio standard via front panel and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver.
(Note 3) The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
(Note 4) Whether the CPU fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU cooler you install.
(Note 5) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
(Note 6) Due to the hardware limitation, you must install the Intel®Core™ 2 Extreme/ Core™ 2 Quad/Core™ 2 Duo/ Pentium Dual-Core/ Celeron Dual-Core/ Celeron 400 Series CPU to enable support for Easy Energy Saver.

What is noteworthy here is that the G41 platform offers a nice stable offering for nearly any current Intel CPU you can place at its heart. This Gigabyte board offers onboard video, 7.1 audio, gigabit ethernet, and more. Expansion takes the form of 4 USB ports which while not outstanding is not bad for a Micro ATX form factor and can be further enhanced to 8 using a USB bracket and the onboard headers. Gigabyte bundles several of its nicer software packages with this board and the GA-G41M-ES2H takes advantage of Gigabytes DualBIOS features ensuring that you won’t accidentally erase your bios and be left with a paperweight.

Onboard the GA-G41M-ES2H we will find support for 1333 ram as well as 4 SATA ports and even support for an IDE drive if needed. There is a PCI-e X16 slot though it should be noted that this slot is only running at x4.

Now lets move on to the GA-G41M-ES2H packaging and included extras.

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